Budget surplus helps equip HFD

July 16, 2009 2:39:35 PM PDT
The Houston Fire Department Thursday thanked a city councilman for helping them buy thousands of dollars of life-saving gear. HFD showed off some of the new equipment at its firefighter training facility in southeast Houston. City Councilman Mike Sullivan ended up with a council office budget surplus of $30,000 this year and gave $26,000 to the fire department.

"We found a need or opportunity to spend our surplus council office budget dollars with the fire department. and this equipment will go out and it will save lives and protect property. We're excited about that," said Councilman Sullivan.

The donation allowed the fire department to purchase aqua vests to help fire crews deal with heat stress, thermal imagers to help search for victims in fires, buzz saws and cyanide antidote kits to help smoke inhalation victims.

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